Beauty 101: What’s Your Skin Tone?

August 11, 2021
By: Makeup.com | Makeup.com by L'Oréal

It’s essential to consider your skin tone when buying beauty products. Have you ever picked up a foundation that ended up looking too pink for your complexion? Or maybe you’ve tried a concealer that turned out to be too yellow? It’s likely because the product didn’t match your skin’s tone or undertones. Follow our guide below to determine your undertone and to discover our top product picks for your skin tone.

How to Determine Your Undertone  

There are three different types of undertones: cool, warm and neutral. Understanding yours can help you find the right foundation and concealer matches, as well as determine what shades of blush, lipstick and eyeshadow will best complement your complexion. 


One method to finding your undertone is to look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. If they have more of a blue-purple color, you are in the cool-toned category. If your veins appear green, you are warm-toned. And if your veins fall somewhere in between blue and green, you probably have a neutral-colored complexion.


You can also examine your jewelry to determine your skin’s undertones. Personal preference aside, does silver or gold jewelry suit you better? If you’re team silver, you are cool-toned; if gold is for you, you are warm-toned; if both look equally great, then you are neutral-toned.


For more tricks, check out this detailed guide to figuring out your undertones.

If You Have a Fair or Light Skin Tone

Fair skin tones often have cool or neutral undertones and are also likely prone to redness and skin conditions such as rosacea. Pro tip: Keep your beauty cabinet stocked with gentle moisturizers and sunscreens with a high SPF.


Product Picks: YSL Beauty Touche Éclat All-Over Brightening Pen, NYX Professional Makeup Luminous Cheek Serum in Peach Bronze and Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Camouflage Creator in Green


YSL Beauty Touche Éclat All-Over Brightening Pen

If You Have a Medium Skin Tone

Typically, those with medium complexions have neutral undertones which makes finding products like foundation and concealer easy — just stay away from anything too warm or too cool. The exception to this rule is an olive-tinged medium tone. If you have olive skin, you likely have warm undertones and tan easily.


Product Picks: Valentino Beauty V-Lighter Face Base Primer and Highlighter, Urban Decay Wild West Eyeshadow Palette and Uoma Beauty Stay Woke Concealer.
Valentino Beauty V-Lighter Face Base Primer and Highlighter

If You Have a Dark Skin Tone

Dark-skinned complexions range from copper and espresso tones to dark brown or ebony. In addition to the general tone, dark skin can be cool, warm or neutral. Hyperpigmentation is a common skin concern, so look for brightening ingredients and don’t forget the SPF.


Product Picks: IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream, Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Glow Setting Powder and L’Oréal Paris Les Nu by Colour Riche Intense Nude Lipstick in Nu Extreme.
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream
Photography and Makeup: Jonet Williamson

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